Swimmer Bit Twice By Shark Off Hawaii Island Reported In 'Good Health'

Aug 20, 2019

Updated: Aug. 20, 4:31 p.m.

Hawaii police say a woman bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Kealakekua Bay is expected to be released from a hospital.

Police say the 27-year-old woman is reported to be in "good health."

According to police, the woman was swimming in Kealakekua Bay on the western side of the Big Island Tuesday when a shark bit her, leaving her with injuries to her lower back and right hip area.

Hawaii County Fire Department Battalion Chief William Bergin said earlier that preliminary information he received was that her age is 26 and that the shark bit her in one of her legs and her torso.

Her name was not released.

Police say witnesses described the shark as having a gray tip.

Bergin says it was possibly a 6-foot black tip reef shark.